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Muir Arts Instruction Wins County Honors

Muir Elementary School recently was named one of four finalists in Los Angeles County for a Bravo Award recognizing outstanding arts education. Muir and the other finalists will be honored, and the top award will be given, at a March 1 celebration at The Music Center of Los Angeles County. The winning school will receive $10,000 from Robinsons-May. Producer and director Garry Marshall will emcee the event at the Millennium Biltmore. The four finalists for the top school award competed among a field of 28 nominated schools this year. Award nominations are made by principals, faculty committees, superintendents or parents. "Teachers are encouraged to ‘think the arts’ in presenting their subjects, and the staff takes pride in devising interesting ways to connect the arts with their subject area," according to Muir’s nomination papers. Muir’s arts magnet classes offer instruction in theater, choral and instrumental music, dance and visual arts. The school has a drama and dance teacher, music specialist with vocal and choral training, a technology specialist and a part-time instrumental music teacher. A Composer of the Month program at Muir focuses the entire student body on a selected music composer, whether they are in the computer lab, cafeteria, library or classroom. Muir emphasizes arts performance. Each month, a grade level performs for the entire student body, giving a musical, dance or theatrical presentation. Performances are well attended by parents and community members.